|Directed by||Bruce Clark|
|Produced by||Al Adamson|
|Written by||Charles Johnson|
|Music by||Solomon Burke|
|Edited by||George Folsey Jr.|
|Distributed by||United Artists (1972, original)
MGM) (2004, DVD)
Olive Films (under license from MGM) (2015,Blu-Ray DVD)
|September 20, 1972|
Hammer is a 1972 blaxploitation film directed by Bruce Clark. The film was released following the successes of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaft, notable 1971 films that popularized black cinema. It starred Fred Williamson as B.J. Hammer. Williamson went on to become a staple of the genre.
B.J. Hammer is a boxer who rises up the ranks with help from the Mafia. However, Hammer doesn't realize that the help comes with a price: He is asked to throw a fight. Gangsters threaten to harm his girlfriend in an attempt to force him to go through with their plan. Hammer is forced to figure out a way to save his dignity and the life of his girlfriend, who has been kidnapped by gangsters.
- Fred Williamson as B.J. Hammer
- Bernie Hamilton as Davis
- Vonetta McGee as Lois
- William Smith as Brenner
- Elizabeth Harding as Rhoda
- Mel Stewart as Professor
- Stack Pierce as Roughhouse
Reception and legacy
The movie gained a positive reception. "The Hammer" has become Williamson's official nickname, earned during his time playing professional football. Williamson is also credited as playing "Hammer, the ladies man," in the 1980 martial arts film Fist of Fear, Touch of Death and as "The Hammer" in a 2006 direct-to-video release called Spaced Out.
Release on DVD & HD
- In 2004 it was released on DVD
- In 2010 it was digitized in High Definition (1080i) and broadcast on MGM HD.
- In 2015 the movie will be released on Blu-Ray DVD by Olive Films (June 9th).
- "37. Hammer (1972) — The 50 Best Blaxploitation Movies". Complex. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "fred williamson and blaxploitation films - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2004-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
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